New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is certain that the Detroit Lions have made the right move in hiring Joe Lombardi as their offensive coordinator.
Joe, son of the great Vincent Lombardi, has been Brees' right-hand man for the past five years in New Orleans - and evidently he's done a pretty good job if the 35-year-old's selection for the last five Pro Bowls are anything to go by.
Speaking in Hawaii ahead of this weekend's all-star game, Brees says he knew it was 'only a matter of time' before Lombardi went on to secure a high-profile position.
"He is a great offensive mind," Brees told the Lions official website. "I knew it was only a matter of time. He is a guy that is extremely intelligent, very innovative. He was a huge part of our game planning throughout the week and on game day."
Lombardi has done a truly remarkable job with Brees, helping the veteran slinger pass 5,000 passing yards in the regular season for the fourth time in his career this year.
Three of those four seasons have been while Lombardi was acting as coach to Brees.
"His contributions were immense for our team," Brees continued. "I will definitely miss him. I know that he is going to be a great asset to that team, that offense, and certainly with the personnel that he has a chance to work with there."
The Detroit Lions announced earlier this week that they had recruited Lombardi to help get the best out of quarterback Matthew Stafford.
Before his stint with the Saints, Lombardi, who graduated from the United States Air Force Academy, was a defensive assistant for the Atlanta Falcons and the offensive coordinator at Mercyhurst College.